Little Black Pearl Workshop
On the corner of 47th and Greenwood stands a striking combination of modern and classical architecture, a white stone arts studio with large bay windows welcoming community artists. Founded by Monica Haslip—one of Chicago Magazine’s 2004 Chicagoans of the Year and recipient of the White House’s Youth Violence Prevention “Champions of Change” Award—the Little Black Pearl Workshop offers young people a diverse program curriculum that includes music, ceramics, drawing and painting, and glass-blowing classes. In the Network Café, a vibrant mural overlooks teenagers learning to create, display, and collaborate on digital and multimedia art, and the instructors foster ambitions with an emphasis on the “business of art.”
Besides teaching valuable artistic skills, the workshop’s classes place high value on community-building. The ongoing Collateral Damage project honors Chicago students lost to senseless violence, and the environment encourages peaceful, healthy interactions. By providing a safe place for personal expression and cooperative creation, the Little Black Pearl Workshop helps youth of all ages build lifelong friendships and lasting neighborly bonds.